In the past, conventional medicine defined health as the absence of the bodily symptoms of disease. Then, psychology took that a step further and realized that there was a link between mental conditions and the overall state of health of an individual. Not only that, but the connection was two-way, the mind could affect the body and the body could affect the state of mind of a patient. So, now, conventional medicine attempts to treat the human being by both examining the mental and emotional state of a patient as well as the body symptoms of their disease. However, there is still another component to holistic medicine that provides the optimum understanding of health for the total you: the spiritual component.
The Health of the Body
Learning about the holistic approach to health that doesn’t deny the validity of science, but seeks to use the knowledge as a vital foundation for creating long-standing health and vitality, no matter what your age. For instance, we have a good idea from scientific research that diet and exercise are crucial to maintaining a healthy body. They can increase your chances of avoiding diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Exercise can help reduce stress by releasing endorphins. This is important to know to establish diet and exercise as a foundational component of your total well-being health plan.
However, when you are told by your doctor to cut out the sweets, did you know that not all sweets are created equal? Some are complex sugars which don’t affect you as badly as simple sugars. When you are told to exercise, do you know that different types of exercises are meant to provide benefits in different areas of your life? For instance, if you are trying to build up muscles, you want to include weight-training in your exercise routine. If you simply want to increase your aerobic capability, then more aerobics training is important. It is very important to choose the right exercise and diet program for your particular body type.
The scientific discoveries of the importance of diet and health are expanded in a holistic model to include a natural food diet that has been touted by health food lovers for decades. It’s only in recent times that the medical establishment has come to understand the wisdom in low-meat and high natural food diets. You may also find some interesting forms of exercise like yoga, that have previously been ignored by the Western culture, but found highly beneficial in other cultures, not just for maintaining tone and body health, but to reduce mental stress as well. In fact, in the typical body mind connection, studies that tracked women walkers and their cognitive skills found better mental health in the population group aged 70 to 81 years of age than women who did not walk regularly. In some studies, the women who exercised at least three or four times a week had up to a 40% decrease in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sources: Personal Knowledge, Medical News Today, WebMd,